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Train Derails in Iowa, Injuring 90, Killing OneAired March 18, 2001 - 9:02 a.m. ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Returning now to our top story, the derailment of Amtrak's California Zephyr. One person was killed. Ninety others were hurt when the train wrecked near the southwest Iowa town of Corning. There were 195 passengers and 15 crewmembers aboard the Zephyr when as many as 15 cars left the tracks.
The nearest road is about a mile away and rescue crews had to drive along the tracks to reach the scene. We're told it only took about 10 minutes. And the uninjured were taken to a community center nearby in Nodaway, Iowa. The injured were taken a number of hospitals.
And on the phone now, we have Carol Schuler from Alegent Mercy Hospital; that is in Corning. Good morning, Ms. Schuler.
CAROL SCHULER, ALEGENT MERCY HOSPITAL: Good morning.
PHILLIPS: Could you tell us, first of all, how many patients came to your hospital?
SCHULER: Well, we had 42 patients come to our hospital during the night.
PHILLIPS: And what type of injuries are we talking about?
SCHULER: Well, we treated 32 patients. And we treated those people for contusions, lacerations, fractures.
PHILLIPS: Were all 42 patients survivors, Ms. Schuler?
SCHULER: We all were -- yes.
PHILLIPS: Are you expecting any more to arrive at your hospital?
SCHULER: No, we're not.
PHILLIPS: OK, so you've got -- you've received -- are all 42 patients still there? Do -- I'm sorry, did you say any of them were treated and released?
SCHULER: We had 32 patients who were treated and released.
PHILLIPS: OK. SCHULER: We transferred three patients to a larger hospital. And we admitted one here, but he has been released. And we had one death.
PHILLIPS: OK. There was one death.
PHILLIPS: The -- so you have about seven patients still in your hospital right now?
SCHULER: Well, we're waiting -- we have quite a few here, yet -- we're waiting for the buses. Amtrak has arranged for transportation and we're waiting for the buses to pick up the passengers.
PHILLIPS: Do you have a line -- Amtrak has been releasing a hotline. Is there a specific line that you are releasing if folks are in -- live in Corning or know that someone -- one of their relatives could be at your hospital? Do you have a number that people can contact?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
PHILLIPS: Can you still hear me, Ms. Schuler?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.
PHILLIPS: OK. We seemed to have lost Carol Schuler at Alegent Mercy Hospital there, from Corning. She was updating us on how many patients did come to her hospital.
Amtrak has set up an emergency hotline, as we mentioned, for relatives; and here's that toll-free number: it's 1-800-523-9101.
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